This holiday season, make sure to give to yourself as well as to others! This month at Jai Yoga we have several offerings of relaxation and rejuvenation – the perfect gift for a busy season. Let your yoga practice set the tone for the holidays and guide you into the winter months, and a new year!
Give yourself the gift of “yogic sleep,” a restorative practice, meditation or laughter! Celebrate with others and take joy in yourself!
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UPCOMING WORKSHOPS, CLASSES AND EVENTS
UPCOMING WORKSHOPS, CLASSES AND EVENTS
MEDITATION, DHARMA, YOGA – EVERY MONDAY NIGHT 7:15-8:15 PM $Donation of choice
Together, we will look closely at how meditation, the dharma and our yoga practice can be at the very center of our everyday life. While we will learn from each other, the group is not meant to be instructional. Donations will benefit the Jai Yoga Scholarship Fund. No need to register! Feel free to drop-in!
LAUGHTER YOGA! – EVERY THURSDAY AFTERNOON 12:15-12:45 PM $1 suggested donation
Laugh to get your heart pumping and the positive energy flowing! This is an excellent way to support the community and yourself in an ongoing way. Come laugh with us! No need to register, just show up!
RESTORATIVE YOGA – SATURDAY DECEMBER 6 2-4 PM $20
Restorative yoga uses blankets, blocks, cushions, ties and the wall to support the body in a complete letting go. Releases tension, calms the nervous system, removes the toxic leftovers from stress and floods the body with happiness and bliss. A gentle and slow-paced class. Totally relaxing, no experience necessary. Click here to register: http://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ws.asp?studioid=3175&stype=-8&sVT=39
YOGA NIDRA – SATURDAY DECEMBER 13 2-4 PM $20
Yoga Nidra is a powerful yet simple technique of guided relaxation; the perfect antidote for a busy and fragmented life. As you are guided to move your awareness throughout your body, you will experience deeper and deeper states of relaxation, resulting in a sense of peace, harmony and balance. Deep healing is possible with the practice of “yogic sleep,” a true gift to the body, mind and spirit. No experience is needed. Click here to register: http://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ws.asp?studioid=3175&stype=-8&sVT=55
To register, try our online registration system, available up to one hour before the start of an event! Follow the links above or visit http://www.jaiyogahome.com/classes/special-classes-events/ for a complete listing and more links to more workshops!
Or, register by phone at least 24 hours in advance. Just give us a call: 207.725.7874. Leave a message with your NAME, PHONE and which WORKSHOP you want to attend and we’ll return your call ASAP.
NEW SCHEDULE FOR WINTER 2009 AVAILABLE ONLINE BY DECEMBER 15!
Our new class schedule for January-March 2009 will be available on our website by December 15th! Visit www.JaiYogaHome.com for a sneak peak of our Winter offerings.
STUDIO CLOSED FOR CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY AND NEW YEAR’S EVE!
Jai Yoga will hold no regularly scheduled classes December 22-28 and December 31. Enjoy the holiday!
7 DAYS FOR $7
Our annual 7 Days for $7 event will kick off with the New Year. Help us welcome 2009, celebrate our community and start the year off with yoga! Pay only $7 for unlimited yoga classes during the week of January 1-7, 2009! Watch for details at the studio in the coming weeks!
DON’T LET ANYTHING STOP YOU FROM COMING TO YOGA CLASS!!
Jai Yoga offers partial and full scholarships, work-study programs and accepts time dollars (MerryMeeting Community Shares Program) as payment for classes! If you, or someone you know, are experiencing financial hardship all the more reason to get to a yoga class. Our community is here to support everyone’s well-being! Please call 207.725.7874 today to discuss with Jen opportunities to enjoy the practice of yoga. Yoga is good for all of us!!!
When we get busy or stressed, often one of the first things we let go of is caring for ourselves. During the holiday season, try to give yourself the gift of relaxation. Even 5 minutes a day can have a big impact on how you feel the other 1,435 minutes of the day. Think quality, not quantity. Think savasana!
Savasana (Corpse Pose)
1 – Recline on your mat. The spine should be in a neutral position and the head positioned so that the forehead and chin are on an even plane. Use a folded blanket under the head or a rolled blanket under the knees for extra comfort if desired.
2 – Open the chest. Tuck the shoulder blades under while lifting gently through the sternum, then relax and turn your palms up.
3 – Let your body be heavy. Completely release to gravity and let it nestle you down to the floor.
4 – Do a quick body scan. Start at the toes and work up to the crown of the head, bringing awareness briefly to each area and allowing each area to fully let go. Especially let go of tension in the face, eyes and jaw.
5 – Relax the mind. A good way to do this is to observe the breath as it naturally moves in and out of the nose. If thoughts present themselves, acknowledge them, but set them aside.
6 – After 5 minutes or more, when you’re ready to come out, with an exhalation, roll to the right side. Stay there for a few breaths before pressing your hands into the floor and lifting the torso, letting the head follow. Take a few more breaths before opening the eyes gently and rising.
Recommendations: use props! Eye pillows, blankets, bolsters, sandbags. Whatever you have available and whatever will make you feel most nurtured.
Jen and the Jai Yoga Family
#314 Fort Andross
14 Maine Street
Brunswick ME 04011